Less Australians taking up smoking
Following the introduction of the world’s first law forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging, smoking rates in Australia have fallen at their fastest pace in more than two decades. The daily smoking rate has fallen by 15 per cent between 2010 and December 1, 2013. The National Drugs Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) showed that young people were delaying taking up smoking. The average age people smoked their first full cigarette rose to 15.9 years compared to 14.2 years in 2010, and the average number of cigarettes smoked per week fell from 111 in 2010 to 96 in 2013.
New app like “Facebook for babies”
A Mosman father of two, Gunnar Wold, has created a new app which is designed to let parents safely share baby photos online. The Oogababy app is a safer, private Facebook for Babies. Wold says the new app is a solution to parents wanting to show off their child’s milestones in a more private digital environment. “Our app is private by default so it allows parents to share photos of their kids with only their close friends and family,” he said.
Carbon Tax axed
Tony Abbott’s big election promise to dump the carbon tax was finally delivered yesterday morning. Abbott didn’t wait long to share the news, releasing a statement titled “The Carbon Tax is gone!” He said it would save the average family $550 a year and the first benefits would be seen in coming power bills.
Sydney Harbour to be transformed
More than 8 hectares of harbourside foreshore will be redeveloped as part of a multi-billion dollar project. The NSW government wants a mix of residential and commercial development, alongside tourist and recreational attractions on the Bay Precinct. A detailed plan is expected to be presented to the NSW Government in early 2015 and it was suggested by former NSW opposition leader John Brogden, the chairman of Urban Growth NSW, that work could be completed within 30 years.
Move over Master Chef
Health-conscious hounds and their owners are being urged to come along to a canine cook-off at the Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club next Sunday. Canine natural health specialist, Sharlene Goodworth will be cooking up a doggy dinner at the MasterChops Canine Health Seminar, along with Victorian organic dog food maker Phivo Christodulou. As well as cooking demonstrations, topics such as allergies, food intolerances, parasites, arthritis, cancer and how to control your dog’s flatulence will also be covered.
Google’s smart contact lenses may be on the way
Swiss drug maker Novartis struck an agreement with Google to develop smart contact lenses that would help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eyes ability to focus. The lens for diabetics would measure the glucose in tear fluid and wirelessly send the data to a mobile device, Novartis said. The second element of the agreement is centered on presbyopia, in which ageing eyes have trouble focusing on close objects. Novartis hopes the lens technology will help restore the eye’s ability to focus.
The Liberal Democratic senator, David Leyonhjelm has vowed to introduce a private members bill aimed at rewriting the definitive section in the Marriage Act that limits matrimony to couples comprising one man and one woman. It is a proposal that aims to achieve marriage equality. Rather than twisting a definition in an old act, some say that it is time to get rid of the Marriage act all together and replace it with a Relationships Register – a list legally acknowledging committed relationships, providing all the rights currently enjoyed by married people, such as visitation, kinship, access to children, immigration and government benefits.
Gelato Messina delivered to your door for one day only
For one day only, the luxury car service Uber will be bringing Gelato Messina, voted Australia’s best gelato, to the people of Brisbane. Uber are giving the people of Brisbane a one-off opportunity to enjoy Gelato Messina. Not only that, but they will deliver it right to their doors. Tubs of Messina will go for $20, and $15 for an additional tub. An assortment of flavours which were created by Messina for #UberIceCream in celebration of the occasion will be available.
Chinese soldiers to train in Northern Australia
For the first time, Chinese troops will train with Australian and US soldiers in a land exercise in the Northern Territory. Troops from three nations will take part in Exercise Kowari, an exercise which aims to train them in outback survival techniques. Exercise Kowari will be the first trilateral exercise involving Australian, Chinese and US personnel. Training will be held in one of the vast military training areas in the Northern Territory. – Compiled from web sources by Jessica Heckley
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